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13 April 2012 – The Minister for Consumer Affairs, Commerce, Business Development and Investment Honourable Emma Hippolyte held an inaugural meeting with the National Standards Council recently where she articulated governments plan to ensure Saint Lucia complies with all international standards.


Complying with international standards, Minister Hippolyte says, is critical in protecting consumers by ensuring that they purchase and use only quality approved products.


The Minister says the National Standards Council is crucial-serving as the Advisory Board of the Saint Lucia Bureau of Standards.


“This National Standards Council must be composed of a team of person who have respect for and trust of each other- this is essential for effective decision making. Members of the council are charged with the responsibility of stewardship of the Saint Lucia Bureau of Standards, one primary function is to set the strategic direction for the organisation and in this role members of the council must examine the bureau`s public policy objectives and periodically review the legislative mandate to ensure it continues to be relevant,” Minister Hippolyte said.


The National Standards Council is chaired by Mr Wilbert King former longstanding Permanent Secretary.


Mr King has called on council members execute their mandate with the highest level of professionalism ensuring at all times the best interest of Saint Lucia is at heart.


He said, “Based on observation it would appear that there is a significant amount of talent among council members panning a wide cross section of the major academic and professional disciplines required for the organisation and management of public and or private enterprise and this cannot be coincidental. The council is charged with the responsibility for the general administration of the affairs of the Saint Lucia Bureau of Standards and this suggests that we are to ensure that the organisation operates in a manner consistent with its stated mandate as well as provide the necessary support and guidance to afford timely attainment of planned goals and targets”.


The National Standards Council has been appointed to serve for a period of two years.

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